Sunday 17 December 2017

Maguire double propels Cork past Pats and into yet another FAI Cup final

St Patrick's Athletic 1 Cork City 3

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Cork City's hopes of a double triumph this season are very much alive as they brushed past St Patrick's Athletic and into the FAI Cup final for the second year in a row.

Sean Maguire scored twice, taking his tally for the season to 24 goals in all competitions, to give Cork fans another day out at Lansdowne Road next month, where they will face the winners of the drawn game between Dundalk and Derry City.

The loss at home, in front of 1,866 fans, effectively ends the season for the Saints, who can only hope to move up the table from their current ranking of eighth.

Pat's were in the game at half time, the sides level at 1-1 at the break as an Alan Bennett headed goal for City on 24 minutes was cancelled out by another header, from Chris Fagan, on 39 minutes, with Ian Bermingham the provider for Fagan.

But the second half belonged to the away side, a stunning header from U21 cap Maguire on 50 minutes, where he timed his jump perfectly to finish from Steven Beattie's free, giving them the lead again.

And Maguire sealed the win 12 minutes from time, the ex-West Ham man on hand to profit from clack defending by Darren Dennehy, a final nail in the coffin for the game, and the season, for the Saints.

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